Coronavirus cases and deaths stay high in Romania

Romania reported around 4,000 cases of coronavirus on Saturday for a fourth day in a row.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 3,952 cases, lower than the past three days when cases surpassed 4,000.

Sixty-three patients with Covid-19 succumbed to the disease and 745 patients with the virus were in intensive care units, a record high. The number of patients needing intensive care treatment has steadily increased since Oct. 5 and shot up in the past few days.

Bucharest posted 446 cases, more than anywhere else, but fewer  than recent days and the lowest single-day rate since Oct. 12. Thirteen counties added more than 100 cases in the past day, with Iasi in the northeast having almost 300 cases.

There were more than 31,000 tests carried out giving a ‘positivity rate’ of 12.44%, the lowest rate since Oct. 13.

Bucharest has 2.75 cases per 1,000 residents, below the critical 3 number when extra  restrictions are added.

When there are more than 3 cases per 1,000 residents, restaurants and bars close and masks are mandatory in all outdoor places.

Weddings, baptisms and private parties are also banned when cases exceed 3 per 1,000 residents. The rate is calculated weekly.

A total of 37 men and 26 women with Covid-19 died in the past 24 hours. They all had underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease,

One was in their 30s, three were in their 40s, eight were in their 50s, 14 were in their 60s and 37 were older than 70.


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